Jun 28, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley (7) hits a home run against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
The division rival Dodgers are one of many teams to inquire about acquiring Padres third baseman Chase Headley in a trade.
"The Dodgers like Headley a lot,'' one baseball executive on another team said.
Heyman reports that the Padres are willing to listen to offers on Headley, though they say they will need to be overwhelmed to trade him.
The 28-year-old has hit at a clip of .273/.373/.422 with 25 extra-base hits and 38 RBIs for the Padres this season. Headley sports a career OBP of .347 and maintained an OPS of .733 over the 2011 season.
Headley is making $3.475 million this season and isn’t set to hit the free agent market until after the 2014 season.
Heyman notes that several teams have checked in on Headley since it became clear the Padres are willing to consider offers. Beyond the Dodgers, he speculates that the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks would be logical fits.
While Los Angeles and Arizona share the National League West with the Padres, Heyman says San Diego is willing to consider making in-division trades.